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Tuesday, March 1, 2011
8:00pm – 10:30pm
Sinema Old School
Mount Sophia

Zhuang Wubin

Photographer, Writer, Researcher, Curator
INDEPENDENT DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY IN ASEAN: FROM THE FALL OF MARCOS TILL THE DIGITAL BOOM


I am basically a researcher focusing on photography in Southeast Asia (ASEAN). As an extension of that interest, I write, curate and photograph. In this talk, I will look at the development of independent documentary photography in Southeast Asia since 1986. The year is significant because it signaled the start of the gradual breakdown of the dictatorial structures in place within the region–something that has always influenced the production of documentary photography around the world. The next two significant shifts occurred during the Asian Financial Crisis and the boom of digital technology. In this very brief overview, I will highlight key individuals and initiatives within Southeast Asia that have seized upon these changes to produce poignant works about the societies where they come from. In this sense, I am primarily interested in documentary photographers working independently in their country-of-origin, fueled by a burning desire to make thoughtful and intelligent comments about her or his environment. This session will end off with an extensive Q&A.

http://zhuangwubin.wordpress.com/
http://www.facebook.com/zhuangwubin
http://www.last-harbour.com/

 

Edwin Koo
Photojournalist
WE WOULD BE HEROES

Based in Nepal for the past few years, Edwin is a recipient of the prestigious Getty Grant for Editorial Photography. His project for the grant can be seen at http://imagery.gettyimages.com/getty_images_grants/recipients.aspx?date=9-2010&grant=editorial&who=Koo

http://www.facebook.com/edwinkoo
http://www.edwinkoo.com/
http://www.nakednepal.com/
http://www.edswedding.com/

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011
8:00pm – 10:30pm
Sinema Old School
Mount Sophia

LOVE.LIFE

Bob Lee 李欣赏
LAST WISH

这是一组为临终病患完成心愿的照片。

在偶然的机会接触了亚西西慈怀病院,病院的社工联络了我,问我可否为病人完成最后的心愿,其中一位Mdm Lee希望临终前,能有一张婚纱照。

想想,摄影能为人记录美好的回忆是件好事,如果能为人完成心愿,我没有理由拒绝。

http://blog.omy.sg/jiuhukia/2010/07/30/last-wish/

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=189480&id=705643260&ref=mf

http://www.bobleeks.com/

Kar-Wai Wesley Loh
JODIE’S TESTIMONY

Between 1999 to 2001, Wesley documented the struggles of his beloved woman (now wife), Jodie, who was battling acute myeloid leukemia. He shares this private journey through words and images.

Excerpts from a note by Wes:

“We don’t like to talk about illness, cancer and death. It’s taboo, bad even. I don’t know the reason, maybe it’s the heritage, that we are Asians. I will not pretend that I know enough to hypothesize on that issue. But there is one thing I know, that it’s not doing us any good, by tucking those issues into a forgotten corner of our mind, we think we can avoid them. So we don’t prepare, we don’t get early check-ups, we don’t tell when our parents, relatives and friends get sick. We don’t rally round to write cards, visit, talk, pray, give, call and empathize. Maybe it’s time we changed, cause I saw God in you guys, when you came to visit, called, prayed, wrote, gave what you had. You guys helped her recovery, gave her support, even times when there were no words to say.

Last thing, cancer rate is going up in Singapore. It hits the nose, colon, breast, ovary plus other places I don’t even know about. Check these places out when you have the time. And no, I don’t sell insurance, I do know a good agent though.”

http://www.facebook.com/karwaiwesley

http://www.memphiswest.com

http://wesandjo.wordpress.com

http://memphiswest.com/jodie/

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011
7:30pm – 10:30pm
National Museum of Singapore
Stamford Road

The Year In Pictures @ Platform

A while ago, we invited everyone to submit three images taken in 2010, as a personal summary of the year that just passed.

We are glad to say that close to a 100 individuals responded, and we have received more than 300 images.

Add your own contributions to two other folders of pictures, one from The Straits Times, and another from Associated Press, I think we better be prepared to be blown away.

There are so many things we can say about the different perspectives but we think it would be better for you to come up with your own interpretations.

For the past few days, some volunteers have been working hard in preparation for our BIG NIGHT this coming Tuesday, Jan 4, at the National Museum of Singapore. The party will start from 730pm.

Oh yes, we have some food and tea for everyone and wacky gifts for a lucky few.

Come join us. Bring a friend. Come make a friend.

We really want you to see the images.

Wait, they are yours to begin with!

See ya!

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010
8:00pm – 10:30pm
Sinema Old School
Mount Sophia

HAVE CAMERA WILL TRAVEL
Eddie Ng
Banker & Photographer & Ah Beng

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=548357429

http://www.walkeast.com/  (site under renovation, so navigate with care)

Eddie is one of those people who has the best of both worlds. A senior executive in a financial powerhouse, he always finds time and opportunities to make pictures on his official work trips. His full-time jobs have taken him to interesting places all over Asia, many of them not accessible to ‘ordinary people’. Eddie proves that one doesn’t have to be a professional to be professional.

WEATHER REPORT
Kevin Lim
Photojournalist, The Straits Times

http://www.facebook.com/limkev

http://www.straitstimes.com/ttl/popup/ttl_popup_potd.html?id=5&path=Mentawaiposttsunami_7823&type=photoessay

Sent to cover the haze situation in Indonesia a few weeks ago, Kevin was checking in at the airport, on his way back to Singapore and he was thinking, “Mission accomplished, can’t wait for a nice shower.” Then, a call came from his boss, to inform him that he was to head for another disaster zone. Welcome to the real world.

TECHNOLOGY UPDATES
Leonard Goh
Photographer & CNET Senior Writer

http://www.facebook.com/leonardgoh

http://gohleonard.tumblr.com/

http://www.behance.net/leonardgoh

As a writer for one for the leading technology websites, Leonard tracks innovations and observes how photographers embrace new things and incorporate them into their workflow. In this presentation, the co-founder of Platform looks at how Internet have changed the ways photographers work, and 10 technologies that will reshape how photographers will work in the future.

THE INVISIBLE PH T GRAPHER ASIA
Kevin WY (Ox) Lee
Photographer & Founder of The Invisible Ph t grapher Asia

http://www.facebook.com/oxlee

http://invisiblephotographer.asia/

http://www.facebook.com/invisiblephotographer

http://twitter.com/InvisPhotogAsia

The Invisible Ph t grapher Asia has only been around for a few months but it has generated a lot of interest in the community, and has become a must-read for everyone interested in street photography and serious documentary work. For a while, some of us made it our personal mission to find out who’s behind it. Now that we know it was founded by Ox Lee, we are eager to know who is he, and what he stands for.

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